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The difference between Bachelor of High Performance Sport and Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Bachelor of High performance sport Bachelor of Exercise and sports science
Accreditations Level 2 Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) Accreditation* Exercise scientist accreditation (ESSA)** Level 1 Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) Accreditation* Exercise scientist accreditation (ESSA)
Course Outline Specific focus on high performance sport content e.g. performance analysis, strength and conditioning etc Broad range of content to cover all exercise science disciplines e.g. exercise prescription for health and well-being and
engaging the community in sport and physical activity
Duration Fast-tracked option to complete in 2.5 years
Creates an option to enter Master of High Performance Sport and graduate with both in four years total
Three-year degree with more electives
*May require additional practical experience
**Provisional accreditation pending with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

Career outcomes

Our sport and exercise science graduates have pursued careers as:

  • exercise scientist
  • sports scientist
  • strength and conditioning coach
  • rehabilitation coach
  • performance analyst
  • fitness advisor
  • sports coach
  • physical activity officer
  • health and fitness consultant
  • camp director/manager/programmer
  • commercial and educational outdoor leader 

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About sport and exercise science

There’s nothing like feeling at the top of your game. And, as a sport and exercise scientist, you’ll be helping others feel on top of theirs. With a degree from ACU, you’ll be able to help elite athletes achieve peak performance, assist those with chronic disease to find optimal health, and inspire children to enjoy a life of fitness and wellbeing. That’s why we rank 40 in sport science globally, and equal first for human movement and sports science research in Australia.

Expert teaching

Become your best by learning from the best. Our lecturers are experts in their fields and can give you access to some serious industry connections including Cricket Australia, the Australian Ballet, Gymnastics Australia and major national sporting teams. 

Professional recognition

You'll have the opportunity to receive accreditation with two national bodies: the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association, and Exercise and Sports Science Australia. This will open up networking and professional development opportunities, allowing you to get off to a flying start in your career.

Innovative facilities

Take your skills to the next level when you learn in our state-of-the-art facilities, including fully equipped gyms and exercise science labs. Students studying a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology also have the opportunity to put theory into practice at our on-campus clinics, supervised by ACU's team of Accredited Exercise Physiologists.

Study worldwide

When you study with us, the world is yours to conquer. You can choose to complete a unit at our Rome campus or head to the UK and USA for an intensive study program. Plus, there are opportunities for you to gain work experience and collaborate on research with our international industry and university partners. So, where to next?

Meet our students and staff

Student profile Tania Gallo

Tania Gallo

Bachelor of Exercise Science / Doctor of Philosophy

“I had an incredible experience at ACU,  and I attribute that to the staff, mentors and friends I made along the way. I loved the practical components of my course and the opportunities presented to me. I was given the chance to do an internship at the North Melbourne Football Club through their relationship with ACU.”

Staff profile Dr Stuart Cormack

Dr Stuart Cormack

Senior Lecturer, Exercise Science

Dr Cormack is a senior lecturer in the School of Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University. Prior to this role, he spent 14 years working in the Australian Football League, including 8 years as the fitness coach at the West Coast Eagles highlighted by two grand final appearances and winning the 2006 AFL premiership. 

In addition, Dr Cormack spent 4 years as a strength and conditioning coach at the Australian Institute of Sport, where he worked with a number of elite athletes in a variety of team and individual sports in preparation for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Dr Cormack received his PhD from Edith Cowan University and is actively involved in applied sports science research, including supervision of a number of postgraduate students. He is also a level 3 strength and conditioning coach and a life member of the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association. He has published numerous papers in scientific journals and co-authored several chapters in books such as Physiological Tests for Elite Athletes (2nd edition), High-Performance Training for Sports and Strength and Conditioning: Biological Principles and Practical Applications.

Dr Cormack regularly presents at sports science and coaching conferences in addition to providing consultancy support to various organisations. He has ongoing roles with the International Cricket Council, Australian Institute of Sport Combat Sports Centre of Excellence and Melbourne Football Club. Dr Cormack has an interest in all areas of athletic preparation with a particular focus on monitoring training load and fatigue in elite athletes and its impact on performance.

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